Comedy is, and always has been, the beating heart of Big Talk, often overlapping and conspiring with other genres. Over the last four years, the company has expanded significantly and, alongside it, so has the breadth and scope of the material being developed and produced.
Following the success of ‘Spaced’, Nira Park’s relationship as Edgar Wright’s producing partner was cemented with the 2003 release of cult-comedy, ‘Shaun of the Dead’ – the first installment of Wright’s iconic ‘Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy’ starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. ‘Shaun’ was followed by 2007 box office hit ‘Hot Fuzz’, and 2013’s ‘The World’s End’. The three films combined have amassed a box office of over $150 million and the Hot Fuzz DVD is owned by 1 in 3 homes in the UK.
To date, Big Talk’s credits also include: Wright’s ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World‘, starring Michael Cera; Greg Mottola’s ‘Paul‘, written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with Kristen Wiig; Joe Cornish’s critically acclaimed ‘Attack the Block‘; the multi-award winning ‘Sightseers‘, directed by Ben Wheatley and written by / starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram; and Jeremy Lovering’s ‘In Fear‘, which debuted internationally to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013.
2014 has already seen the release of salsa rom-com ‘Cuban Fury’, written by BAFTA winning newcomer Jon Brown, directed by James Griffiths and starring Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, Rashida Jones, Ian McShane and Olivia Colman. BritListed romantic comedy ‘Man Up’ commenced and completed shooting in the spring and is now in post-production. It was penned by Tess Morris, directed by Ben Palmer, and stars Lake Bell and Simon Pegg.
As well as developing new projects with both Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish throughout 2014 and beyond, Nira Park and Big Talk are currently producing ‘Grimsby’ – Sacha Baron Cohen’s new action-comedy, directed by Louis Leterrier and starring Baron Cohen and Mark Strong.
Big Talk continues to work with some of the most exciting voices in both the UK and the US to bring fresh, dynamic, authored stories to the big screen.